Bee bots – Following instructions

Today we focused on moving the bee bot forwards and backwards following a sequence of instructions. We practised pushing these buttons to make the bee bot move.

Once we had practiced we looked at a set of instructions that were already written. Then we predicted where out bee bot would land after those instructions. We programmed the bee bots to check.

Bee bot

Today we have been using the bee bots again. This time we were concentrating on the buttons – forwards, backwards, turn left and turn right.

We worked with our partner to try and get our bee bot to follow the lines of a number. It was quite tricky but we had to show resilience and keep going!

You could practise the buttons of the bee bot at home by programming someone at home. Can you give them some clear instructions using only the buttons on the bee bot? Maybe you can get them from one room to another?

Look at the video below of Lilly and Rihanah’s bee bot making a number 3.

1B Times tables stars


What fantastic times tables! In year one we have been practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We do lots of skip counting in class.

You can also practise your times tables at

Everyone took home their username and password last week. The school’s post code is se6, you might need this when you log in.

We will be putting another copy of their username and password in their reading records next week.

Programming Bee Bots

Last term in, our computing lessons, we learnt how to programme movable toys called bee bots. We started off by making sure we could give clear instructions to our friends to more safely around the classroom and library. One of us closed our eyes and the other person had to listen carefully to the instructions.

Then we programmed the bee bots to move around the classroom. Making sure we reset the bee bot before each new instruction.

In our next lesson we then designed our own bee bot mats. These had to be measured and divided up into a grid so that each square represented the same size as one movement forward on the bee bot.

Once we had finished our bee bot mats, we were ready to programme the bee bots, to move from a starting point to an end point. Then in our final lesson we wrote down our algorithms to see if our partner could follow them and get the bee bot to move from one place on the mat to another.

Programming bee bots

This half term we have been creating our own bee bot mats based on a Julia Donaldson (our author focus) book. Can you guess the stories these are based on?

Today we were writing algorithms to make the bee bot move from one place on the mat to another place on the mat. We chose 2 places on our bee bot mat and then used the bee bots to check what route we would send our bee bot on.

Then we wrote our algorithms.